Tiffany Cross departed MSNBC more than a year ago and is now speaking out about her exit, putting some of the bigger personalities on the network on blast.
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Cross said she ran afoul of Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough, which is something she didn’t know was an unwritten rule.
“There’s an unspoken rule that you’re not supposed to disagree with Joe, and I didn’t get that memo,” Cross said.
Tiffany Cross was often the subject of intense criticism from right-wing commentators and radio hosts for her opinions on race, politics, and culture. One high-profile example was then Fox News host Tucker Carlson accused the MSNBC host of hoping for a “Rwandan-style race war”. Cross was disheartened when the network failed to back her in the face of the criticism.
“After this, the network did not issue a statement the way they had for some of my white colleagues who had also been targeted by MAGA extremists,” she said. “Instead, executives spoke to me and instructed me that I could not respond to Tucker Carlson at all, and then they began to scrutinize my show and every little thing I wrote.”
Cross said after her contract wasn’t renewed at the end of 2022, MSNBC President Rashida Jones went on a media tour attacking the former host.
“The network began attacking me,” Cross said. “They planted hit pieces in the press. The president of the network began a bizarre, unhinged tour where she was on damage control; I don’t know what she was trying to do.”
Greg Gutfeld Moves to Top of Cable News Ratings in February
In the 25-54 demographic, Gutfeld topped the cable news landscape with 325,000 viewers.
Greg Gutfeld has long billed himself as the King of Late-Night. Now, he can bill himself as the king of cable news after his showing in the February ratings.
Gutfeld! — the Fox News late-night program — finished as the highest-rated program in all of cable news in the second month of 2024, averaging 2.2 million viewers for the month, according to Nielsen Media Research. Additionally, in the 25-54 demographic, Gutfeld topped the cable news landscape with 325,000 viewers.
Fox News garnered the top 13 slots in the demo, with The Five, Jesse Watters Primetime, Hannity, and The Ingraham Angle rounding out the top five.
In the late-night ratings, Gutfeld! narrowly defeated The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, which averaged 2.1 million viewers. Also, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon finished with 1.45 and 1.3 million viewers on average, during the month.
It is also worth noting that the Fox News program hosted by Greg Gutfeld now airs at 10 PM ET after the network’s shuffle following the high-profile departure of Tucker Carlson last year. The other late-night programs it is measured against all begin at 11:35 PM ET.
CPAC Poll Shows Newsmax Most Trusted Cable News Outlet Among Attendees
Those surveyed were asked a bevy of questions, including what was the best way to “combat woke elites”, as well as questions about which big tech CEO was “doing the most to undermine America.”
The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) was held last week, and McLaughlin & Associates conducted a poll asking attendees which cable news channel they trusted most. Newsmax was the victor by a wide margin.
Of the nearly 1,500 attendees surveyed, 49% said Newsmax was the outlet they “trust the most.” 15% said Fox News was their most trusted channel. 29% of those in attendance said they did not trust a cable news outlet, with CNN and MSNBC each receiving 1% of support.
Those surveyed were asked a bevy of questions, including what was the best way to “combat woke elites”, as well as questions about which big tech CEO was “doing the most to undermine America”, with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg compiling 55% of the vote.
In total, 1,478 conservative attendees were polled, with the company utilizing a PIN system to ensure there were no multiple votes or outside voting to impact the results of the survey.
Nicolle Wallace Returns to MSNBC’s Deadline: White House
“It is so very, very, very good to be back with you. I have missed everyone.”
After spending time away from her MSNBC program for maternity leave, Deadline: White House anchor Nicolle Wallace returned to the anchor desk Monday.
“Well hello there everybody. It’s 4 o’clock in New York. I’ve missed saying that. It is so very, very, very good to be back with you. I have missed everyone,” Wallace said to begin Monday’s show.
Wallace and her husband welcomed a daughter via surrogate in November. In her place, Alicia Menendez anchored the program.
The former George W. Bush administration official began hosting the show in 2017. The program was expanded to two hours in 2020, and is one of the network’s highest-rated offerings.
On Friday, Wallace revealed she would make her return Monday, adding that she will start a new feature during her show entitled “American Autocracy”, which “is something the whole country should be grappling with, because that is certainly the head of the Republican party is running on this time,” she told Menendez.
Deadline: White House airs weekdays at 4:00 PM ET on MSNBC.